HK activist freed, says arrest was meant to ‘frighten’


Hong Kong, June 5

A Hong Kong activist was released on Saturday after being detained on suspicion of publicising a commemoration of China’s deadly crackdown in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, and said her arrest was meant to have a chilling effect on marking the anniversary.

Chow Hang Tung had helped organize previous candlelight vigils on June 4, and her arrest Friday coincided with the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989. Police said Chow was arrested on suspicion of publicising an unauthorised assembly. The vigil was banned for a second year running, with the authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city citing pandemic-related social distancing restrictions. — AP



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